Irish Flag Shooter

Irish Flag Shot Recipe
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Ratings (30)
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
203 Calories
0g Fat
29g Carbs
0g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with this layered shot whose colors represent the flag of Ireland—green (crème de menthe), white (Irish cream), and orange (Grand Marnier).

The three flavors of the liqueurs are not the most complementary, but neither are they the worst and some people do like this one for its taste.

It is important for effect to float the liqueurs on top of one another in the order given over the back of a bar spoon.


Steps to Make It

  1. Pour the crème de menthe into a shot glass.

  2. Float the Irish cream liqueur on top of the crème de menthe by pouring it slowly over the back of a bar spoon.

  3. Float the Grand Marnier on top of the Irish cream liqueur, again using the back of a bar spoon.

  4. Do not stir. Serve as is, making sure not to jostle the cocktail too much so the colors don't bleed into each other.

  5. Enjoy!

The Order of the Pour

The reason for pouring the liqueurs in order is because each one has its own gravity and you need to pour them from heaviest to lightest so they don't resemble a lava lamp when you're finished, although that can be fun too. Additionally, using the back of a bar spoon to pour the upper layers over each other is important because the utensil allows you to introduce the next liqueur slowly, an important part of keeping distinct bands of color.

Some of the most popular layered drinks include the black and tan, black velvet, tequila sunrise, slippery nipple, stars & stripes, oatmeal cookie, B-52, and blue-eyed blonde. But as long as you know the specific density of each liqueur, beer, or spirit you use, you can create your own cocktails based on your favorite flavors.

If layering isn't your thing and you want to put an Irish spin on your adult beverages, these St. Patty's Day cocktail recipes that include a pot of gold, leprechaun, green apple martini, shamrock shaker, and Guinness and green Jell-O shot just might do it for you.